St Domingo Football Club was founded in 1878 in order that the parish from the local Methodist Church could play a sport outside the cricket season. A year later they changed their name to the more familiar Everton Football Club.
The Toffees were one of the twelve original founder members of the Football League in 1888 and won their first League Championship title in 1890/91.
Famous Merseyside Derbies
Everton moved to Goodison Park in 1892 and first used the now famous royal blue shirts and white shorts in the 1901/02 season. The current club crest is accompanied by the motto 'Nil Satis Nisi Optimum' - 'Nothing but the best is good enough'.
Prior to Goodison Park, Everton played their games at Anfield, but left after a rent dispute. A new club was then formed and claimed Anfield as their home thus one of the classic derbies in football was created - Everton v Liverpool, the Merseyside Derby.
Evertonians Past & Present
Arguably Everton's most famous player is Dixie Dean. Dean was born on 22nd January 1907 and originally played for Tranmere Rovers, before moving to Everton for a fee of £3,000 in 1925. During the 1927/28 season Dixie Dean scored an amazing 60 league goals and Everton won the League title. In total Dean scored 383 goals in 433 appearances for Everton.
During their famous history Everton have won the Division One Championship nine times, the Second Division title once and the FA Cup five times, making them one of the most successful clubs in English football. There has been European success too in the form of the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1985. After defeating Bayern Munich in the two-legged semi final, Everton beat Rapid Vienna in the final, adding that trophy to the Division One title in the same season.